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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
We are planning to visit snowmass this year. We are travelling from argentina with our family ( 2 adults and 3 boys of 15, 14 and 10).
We think our best option is to sleep in snowmass because most people tell me that this mountain is the best from the 4 of Aspen.
But also we want to have a close place to buy food, maybe go to have dinner in night or walk visiting stores.
Could somebody tell me how is the snowmass village? Does it have shops, restaurants, markets, etc?
If somebody stays at snowmass with teenagers it is supose that they will go everyday to aspen to have fun?
Sorry for my english!!!!!!
post #2 of 16

I've been to Aspen, several years ago now, and stayed in Snowmass. Its got everything you'd need, pubs/groceries/hotels/etc, Aspen would just have more to choose from. The skiing is pretty good too. But checking out the other hills, and the town at Aspen is definitely recommended too.

post #3 of 16

My experience is from about eight years ago and needs to be taken as potentially somewhat out of date.  A lot has happened at Snowmass since.  But, I'd say that it is the biggest, most family friendly and varied mountain of the four.  My family and I stayed there 6 days and never found a reason to ski elsewhere.  The skiing experience was GREAT and there was plenty of variety for all levels.

 

The food and nightlife were an issue, however.  No real grocery when I was there, and maybe only 5-8 restaurants.  All of them were outrageously expensive for their niche.  It's the only place where I've ever paid $85 for a pizza dinner for four.  The bus into Aspen was also expensive, so we felt a little trapped since we didn't have a car. 

I gather things have gotten better, but I'd still think about perhaps having a car if you stay at Snowmass.  You don't want to go to Aspen every day, even if it's only 15 minutes, but if you think you want the restaurant variety and nightlife, you don't want to have to count on the bus.

post #4 of 16
Snowmass has grocery stores, banks, ski-related shops, lots of different food vendors and a very convenient bus system for both getting around the village area and for going to Aspen itself, as well as Highlands and Buttermilk.
post #5 of 16

I usually tell adults to stay in town and families with LITTLE kids to stay at Snowmass?  You could go either way, as long as your 10year old can carry his own equipment for a short walk, you'd be fine in town.  Base Village at Snowmass is now complete, so there are more choices and the bus into town is now free all the time.  You used to pay at night, but it was free during the day.

http://www.rfta.com/snowmass.html

 

You probably will enjoy skiing Snowmass the most.  But town just has a lot more going on and if you do stay there, you'll probably explore a lot more?  I like walking around town and if you stay in Snowmass, it's something you may not do as much?

 

If you fly right into ASE, you don't need a car.  I used to work in property management in Aspen and Snowmass, so if you have any questions about specific properties just ask?

post #6 of 16

I hate to hijack someone else's thread but would anyone have any advise for parking in either Snowmass or Aspen? I'll be visiting and driving from Glenwood Springs area and skiing at both Snowmass / Aspen so I'd like to know what options there are for parking.

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by t0nic View Post

I hate to hijack someone else's thread but would anyone have any advise for parking in either Snowmass or Aspen? I'll be visiting and driving from Glenwood Springs area and skiing at both Snowmass / Aspen so I'd like to know what options there are for parking.

It's been a few years, but this is what I did:

 

Snowmass: Park in Rodeo Lot (think its called something else now) about halfway up side road to mountain, then Free Shuttle

Buttermilk--Free parking

Aspen Highlands--Either pay at mountain or park at Buttermilk then free shuttle

Aspen Mountain--Pay at in-town parking garage then free shuttle, or park at Buttermilk then shuttle. On-street parking in town used to be free on weekends but I think that has changed.

 

Probably more info on their website.

post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Base Village at Snowmass is now complete, so there are more choices and the bus into town is now free all the time.  You used to pay at night, but it was free during the day.

http://www.rfta.com/snowmass.html

 

If you fly right into ASE, you don't need a car.  I used to work in property management in Aspen and Snowmass, so if you have any questions about specific properties just ask.

Important clarification/correction of my post.  Thank you. 

Sounds like you should listen to this guy.

post #9 of 16

I have ski in/out on Aspen and take the bus to Highlands.

 

But this is my best recollection of parking.

 

HOV 4 or more, Hybrid's and electric vehicles are always free.  After noon is free.

 

Snowmass -  Rodeo lot is free.   I like the divide lot if you have 4, nobody's ever over there.

Highland's,  garage is the only option, but very nice w/escalators and not a very far walk.  Wednesdays are locals day - free parking and hot dogs at the bottoms of the lifts.

Buttermilks always free.  Tiehack doesn't have a bunch of beginners at the base, Parking at West Buttermilk has the nicest spot for families w/picnic tables slopeside and ski in/out parking.

Aspen's got rules, but I don't know what they are.  All my bud's park on S. Aspen street w/short walk to 1A.  Going to the Gondola most park on Ute, but I think it's 2 hours without a permit and a lot more crowded?

 

Downtown core - Metered 10am till 6pm, free on Sundays.

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all for your replies.
We decided to sleep at snowmass. Now I have another doubt regarding lodging.
Appart from the Viceroy that is very expensive for us, what could you consider the best apartment option at snowmass taking in consideration the location and the quality of the condo?
post #11 of 16

There are lots of condo's in Snowmass.  I'd recommend the Crestwood.  It's well managed, has good service, nice pools/hot tubs and a good location.  It's located between the Viceroy and Base Village, ski in/out. Maybe a step down from the Viceroy, but not much.

They will pick you up at the airport and take you to the grocery store etc.  General Manager's name is Robert.  Good guy,  that will take care of any problems should they arise?

Every unit is individually owned, so ask about condition.  They have minimum requirements, but some are always nicer than others?

 

Some other nice complexes:

Wood Run

Wood Run Place

Top of the Village is nice, but a big hike up the hill if you miss the shuttle.

 

Avoid:

Woodbridge

Seasons Four

Snomass Mountain Condo's

These are below the slope and require a shuttle bus and probably have a fair amount of employees living long term.

post #12 of 16
I really like the Mountain Chalet at Snowmass. Slopeside, great breakfast and lunch included, parking underground.
post #13 of 16

We stayed at Snowmass two years ago with our 7 year old son. We stayed at Terrace House condo's and found them very comfortable and warm. The kitchen was great and very well set up for cooking with a good range of good quality cookware and utensils. Our condo was booked through stonebridge so we had access to facilities at stonebridge also, including the airport shuttle and ski tuning etc. The only slight negative was that there was some noise one night from another condo, but it was minor. The major plus about where we stayed was the location - between the mall, the base area and the slopes - it was two minutes walk to the mall (small grocery, liquor store, restaurants and shops) or five minutes to the base area.

 

Given the age of your boys and the likelihood that people may want to do different things at different times and assuming that you won't have a car (we didn't because we had flown from New Zealand) I would recommend staying somewhere in the area bounded by the mall, the base area and the slopes. The Mountain Chalet is in this area, as are terrace house, Stonebridge, Shadowbrook are also in this area. The reason that I would chose this area is that you can walk everywhere, there is easy ski-in ski-out access (or a very short walk (50 metres) along flat access ways). You can be at ski school within five minutes of leaving your condo. The ski in is very accessible from a very wide variety of lifts and there is the gondola if people decide that they are too tired to walk - like seven year old boys sometimes). Also, in that block you have access to a much wider variety of buses (both the around snowmass bus and the bus to the other aspen resorts). If you are planning on cooking then you will want access to the bus because the best supermarket is at the shopping area below the base (not sure what it is called, but it is large for a ski resort and well stocked). When we were there all the buses stopped at the mall and the base facility. If you are further out you have to catch a specific bus - say the orange route or the blue route and you can have a long wait for a bus which isn't fun after you have been grocery shopping.

 

This is a link to a map that I found useful when finalising our accommodation.

 

http://www.snowmassvillage.com/uploads/Upload/Snowmass-Lodging-Map.pdf

 

Good luck with your planning

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your answer. It is very helpfull for me. regarding what you explained, I understand that you are recommending me to stay at any hotel in the right side of the gondola (looking up to the mountain). We were thinking about going to the crestwood or to the Woodrun PLace, both located very close to the beginning of the Gondola but on the opposite side ski in/ski out.. Do you really think we are very far away the mall, grocery and the main shops? 

post #15 of 16

Hopefully someone who has stayed at Woodrun or Crestwood will add their wisdom as well.

 

I don't think that you would be further from the Base Area but you would be further from the Mall because you would have to walk around to the Base Area and up from there - whereas the right hand side has a network of paths and stairs between the Base Area and the Mall (You can't really walk across the slopes to the Mall). It may not be an issue for you because the Base Area is a newer shopping and dining area and it has developed more since we were there.

 

Where it would be less convenient is if you are planning on using the shuttle bus service there is only one service that goes up the left-hand side versus four which you can catch to cover the block between the Base Village and the Mall. Also, the bus to Aspen stops at the Base Area, but goes up the right hand side to the Mall and there are stops on that side outside some of the condos/hotels (I think we caught it very near to Stonebridge) so you would have to walk, catch a local shuttle or use the resort shuttle service if the place you stay provides one. 

 

Another thing that you should consider is the ability level of your family. I think that ski out in the morning is probably equal for both sides, but there are differences with ski in at the end of the day. The thing we liked about the right hand side, from the Mall down, was that you could ski in from just about anywhere, whereas the higher up properties on the left hand side required a bit more planning to ski in at the end of the day which can be a bit of a hassle if you have people in your group who are not so confident skiing or boarding. 

 

Whatever you do as Shredhead said, if possible get photos of the units that you will have before you confirm - at some places the quality varies greatly from unit to unit, also check the size, some have very small rooms which might get annoying if you are all on top of each other (we saw some where there was comfortable seating (couch, armchair) for only two or three people, the rest having to use dining room chairs).

post #16 of 16

What you're going to want to check out is Ullr night at the new Elk Camp restaurant.  I believe it's Friday nights all winter. A gondola ride to night time sledding and other activities. Your teen age kids should enjoy it.

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